Category Archives: Volunteers

Robert Elliott, Museum Service Award 2019

Words from Robert Elliott, Recognized for his Service I started intermittent volunteering somewhere around 2008, after Beverly (my wife) and I journeyed to Egypt, with a museum sponsored trip led by Mike Perry. We made several new friends one of which, Rosario Gomez of Mexico, helped us repatriate a rare book back to the National Museum in Mexico City. I found a longtime friend, Phil Born, worked here also. Because I had an interest in … Read More

Volunteer Spotlight – Jim Osborn

Here at Cross Orchards Historic Site we have been very lucky to have in our volunteer corps a retired professional painter, Jim Osborn. In early May, Jim offered to paint both the gallery building (previously the Country Store) at Cross and the clubhouse of our partners, the Grand Valley Model Railroad Club, for free. With such a rare and priceless opportunity, we had to say YES! The GVMRRC quickly agreed to pay for their portion … Read More

In Memoriam

We lost a great friend of the Museum recently. Ann Buelow was a friend to many and a loyal volunteer. Before her tenure at the museum, she was an army nurse stationed at a MASH unit in Vietnam. In the 1990s, she took on a volunteer position at what was then Dinosaur Valley in downtown Grand Junction. But that wasn’t enough to keep her busy. She soon took on volunteer roles at each of our … Read More

Museums of Western Colorado Volunteer Kay Fredette Honored as Colorado’s Outstanding Tourism Volunteer of the Year

As a retired dental hygienist, she used to clean people’s teeth. Now, as a 78-year-young superstar volunteer at Dinosaur Journey in Fruita, she cleans dinosaur teeth, bones, and other fossil specimens. For her 31 years of volunteer work with the Museums of Western Colorado, Kay Fredette was honored in October at the annual Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference with the 2017 Jack Snow Award for Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. “I cannot imagine anyone more worthy … Read More

Museum Education Class

When most people in the Grand Valley think about their local heritage, what do they think of? Do they think of the Museums of Western Colorado? Or do they think of one of our sites, such as Cross Orchards Historic Site or the Museum of the West? Many people who walk through the door of Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita are not aware that it, too, is under the umbrella of the Museums of Western … Read More

Digging for Dinosaurs in Retirement

Curious about what volunteering at the Museums might be like? Here’s some insight from volunteers at our Dinosaur Journey site in an article on – where grown-ups keep growing. “As a young boy, Tom Lawrence was fascinated with dinosaurs and dreamed of becoming a paleontologist. Life had other things in store. But now, at 69, Lawrence drives each week to a building marked “Dinosaur Journey” in Fruita, Colo., walks into a laboratory and helps … Read More